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Kirsty Coventry
Kirsty  Coventry


Harare, Zimbabwe

High School:
Harare Convent

Backstroke, IM


Gold medalist in the 200-meter backstroke in a time of 2:09.19 at the XXVII Olympics, becoming the first Auburn women to win an Olympic event ... Bronze medalist in the 200-meter individual medley (2:12.72) at the Olympics, bringing her native Zimbabwe their first Olympic medal ... Silver medalist in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:00.50 in Athens, Greece, making her just the second Tiger to capture three medals in a single Olympic games, joining Rowdy Gaines ... All three times were African records ... Is ranked in four events in the SCM World Rankings: 200 back (1st - 2:03.86), 200 IM (2nd - 2:08.88), 400 IM (4th - 4:34.20) and 100 back (10th - 59.23) ... NCAA Champion in the 200-meter backstroke (SCM) with a time of 2:03.86 ... The time was a NCAA meet record and also represented Cal's Natalie Coughlin's only defeat in her four-year collegiate career ... Runner-up in the 200 individual medley at NCAAs with a time of 2:08.88 ... Also grabbed a second-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:34.20 ... Swam on two relays at NCAAs, swimming the leadoff leg of the fourth-place finishing 800 freestyle relay in a time of 1:58.44, as well as the backstroke leg of the fifth-place 400-medley relay with a split of 59.23, the fastest split in the field ... Tied with teammate Margaret Holezer with 54 individual points, third-highest at the championships ... Claimed three SEC titles - the 200 back (1:53.15), the 200 IM (1:56.90) and the 400 IM (4:08.87) ... Swam the anchor leg of the SEC champion 800 freestyle in a time of 1:46.45 ... Also swam leadoff for the runner-up 400 medley relay with a split of 53.16 ... Won the Commissioner's Trophy as the high-point scorer at SECs ... Named the SEC Swimmer of the Year by the Knoxville News Sentinel and the SEC office.

Is ranked No. 13 in the 200m IM (2:14.88), No. 37 in the 200m back (2:14.92) and No. 31 in the 400m IM (4:48.75) in World ... Competed at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, placing ninth in the 200m IM (2:14.88), 14th in the 200m back (2:15.20) and 400 IM (4:48.75) and 19th in the 100m back (1:03.09) ... Swam the third leg of the NCAA Champion 800 free relay team (7:02.72) with a split of 1:45.12 ... Also swam the third leg of the NCAA Champion 400 free relay (3:14.15) with a split of 48.75 ... Led off the NCAA Champion and NCAA and US Open record-setting 400 medley relay (3:31.45) with a split of 53.09 ... Placed second (53.01) to NCAA Champion Natalie Coughlin in the 100 back after coming out of prelims as the top qualifier with a 52.89 ... Silver medalist in the 200 back at NCAAs (1:53.17) ... Third silver medal at NCAAs was in the 200 IM, where she clocked a 1:57.28, tying with SMU's Alenka Kejzar behind teammate Maggie Bowen ... Was the fifth-highest scorer at SECs (54 pts) ... SEC Champion in the 100 back (53.38) ... Swam the third leg of the 800 free relay team that set the SEC, NCAA and US Open record at the SEC Championships (7:01.00) with a split of 1:46.13 ... Finished as the runner-up in the 200 IM (1:58.96) and the 200 back (1:53.87) at the SEC Championships ... 200 back time was 1.4 seconds better than the previous SEC record ... Swam the leadoff leg for the SEC Champion 400 medley relay team (3:34.86) with a split of 53.49 and the leadoff leg of the 400 free relay team (3:16.75) with a split of 49.96 ... Named to the Knoxville News Sentinel's All-SEC First Team for the backstroke and the second team for the relay and IM ...

Won a gold medal and set a Commonwealth Games record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:14.53 ... Also placed fourth in the 100 back and fifth in the 200 back at the games ... Placed third in the 200 back (1:54.37), fourth in the 100 back (53.67) and ninth in the 200 IM (1:59.37) at NCAAs ... Was a member of the second-place 400 free relay and third-place 400 medley relay teams at NCAAs ... Earned an SEC title in the 100 back in a school record time of 53.82 ... Finished second in the 200 back (1:55.39) and third in the 200 IM (1:59.92) at the SEC Championship meet ... Finished the SEC Championship meet second in individual scoring with 53 points ...

High School:
Harare Convent, `01...First Zimbabwe swimmer to semifinal in the Olympics...Sports Woman of the Year for 2000...One of the top ten finalists for Zimbabwe National Sports Person of the Year in 1999...Swam in the All-Africa Games in 1999...Qualified at the South Africa Senior Championships for the Olympics in 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 100 freestyle and 50 free...Competed in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 where she semifinaled in the 200 IM ...

Full name is Kirsty Leigh Coventry ... Parents are Rob and Lyn Coventry ... Born Sept. 16, 1983 ... Has a sister, Lauren Coventry.

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